Craving for something new? Firefox 3 Beta 3 Available for Download

Here is some good news for all the Firefox fans who aren’t afraid of trying something at the bleeding edge.

Firefox 3 Beta 3 is available for download now. If you have already been using Beta 2, you’d probably notice the improvements in this new beta release but if you are really interested in figuring out what’s new in this particular release, Lifehacker has compiled a list of improvements.

If you are just curious about what’s in new in Firefox 3 altogether, check this extensive review by Mozilla Links. I couldn’t do justice to this fine article if I tried to do it here again. So, please check it out if you are interested to see if it’s worth checking out a beta release.

Firefox 3 Beta 3

Now, if you are like me and want to run Firefox 2 as well as Firefox 3 so you can get the best of both worlds, check out my earlier post on How to run Firefox 2 & Firefox 3 Simultaneously.

How to make Extensions work in Firefox 3?

Also, you’d find that some of the extensions haven’t been made compatible with Firefox 3 Beta 3. You could still install them if you are brave enough to turn of the compatibility checking and don’t care about intermittent crashes and possible security breach that comes with it in a few easy steps. Again, be warned that you are on your own from this point onwards. 😉

  1. Type about:config in your location bar and accept the warning message
  2. Right click somewhere and choose New->Boolean and enter a new entry extensions.checkCompatibility with value false.
  3. Enter another entry extensions.checkUpdateSecurity with value false.
  4. Restart Firefox

Firefox 3 Beta 3 Mod

As I said before, by doing this you are probably opening up a can of worms with this but you might get lucky with running a few extensions that you absolutely need but haven’t been made compatible by the author. I have about a dozen extensions in Firefox 3 beta 3 now working good so far where as I have about 25 installed in Firefox 2.

Download Firefox 3 Beta 3

Happy surfing!

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12 Responses to “Craving for something new? Firefox 3 Beta 3 Available for Download”

  1. Troy February 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks for that tip K. Sometimes I wonder how we’d all function without firefox extensions 😉

  2. Troy February 13, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    Oops, wrong smily 🙂 😀

  3. K February 13, 2008 at 9:11 pm #

    I don’t know what kind of withdrawal symptoms I’ll go through! I can’t even browse without Firefox anymore and get dirty looks from my friends when I use my USB drive to use my own Firefox. 😆

  4. Troy February 13, 2008 at 10:41 pm #

    I ran into a list of Firefox extensions on another blog while stumbling yesterday and thought “wow, great post. Reminds me a lot of K.” Then I looked at the tagline and found it was a guest post. Small world 🙂

  5. K February 14, 2008 at 12:47 am #

    Troy.. you are just way too kind. 😳 I used to guest blog at Blog About Your Blog regularly but haven’t in a while due to lack of time. However, there is a great community of bloggers there and how can I not talk about Firefox extensions. 😉

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  6. Rakshit February 14, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    That’s pretty useful. Really, most of the extensions were not compatible with F3 when I first installed it. So, I switched back to F2. Now, after going through this article, I suppose I should again give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing that with us.

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  7. Kyle Eslick February 14, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Yay for Firefox 3!

    If anyone is waiting, Beta 2- Beta 3 is a good time to give it a try.

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  8. K February 14, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    Rakshit.. you are welcome mate! This little trick should get you going with your FF3 install. Enjoy the speed that comes with it. So far, I can hardly tell it’s a beta and hasn’t crashed even once.. and that’s with a dozen or so unsupported extensions. 😉

    Kyle.. yes! Especially beta 3 has seen some major improvements and I’m loving it. Can’t wait for the stable release to start picking it apart. 🙂

  9. Brown Baron February 14, 2008 at 6:45 pm #

    That tip worked like a charm. Now I can use beta 3 with most of my extensions yay! Thanks buddy 😀

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  10. bbee February 16, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks for that tip 😆

  11. Joseph February 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm #

    MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t stand it, my SYS OP has killed FIREFOX from the system, and I am using IE 6.0.29

    My mouse doesn’t seem to work for going back a page, she won’t install DEL.ICIO.US so my bookmarks don’t work. I can’t check my FOXMARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As far as I can tell the INTERNET IS BROKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

    I have an over whelming urge to put a fist through the wall every time I try do something that doesn’t work………..

  12. K February 29, 2008 at 6:18 pm #

    Joseph, I can understand your frustration! 🙁

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